Bill Henderson

Denon-HEOS-HS2_1

Audio company Denon has gone after multi-room speaker maker Sonos in a big way with their revamped HEOS HS2 line of speakers. When I reviewed the original Heos 1 wireless speaker, one of my complaints about it was it lacked Bluetooth—unless you bought the Heos Go Pack, a $100 addition which also included a rechargeable [...]

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iRoar_2

Creative just won’t leave it alone. First they came out with the Sound Blaster Roar speaker which put almost all other Bluetooth speakers to shame. Then came the Sound Blaster Roar 2 which was 20% smaller, yet improved on the original Roar in almost every way. Now, they’ve dropped the Sound Blaster name entirely and [...]

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Fugoo_XL_11

Over a year ago, I reviewed the small, but tough and waterproof Fugoo Bluetooth speaker. It became my choice when I need to just grab a speaker and go. It's not the best sounding portable speaker—that honor goes to the incredible and more expensive Bowers & Wilkins T7—but it does sound great and is one [...]

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Braven_BRV_XXL_3

If you thought the rugged Braven BRV-HD was big, think again. The new Braven BRV-XXL Bluetooth speaker is more: more bigger, more louder, more tougher and even more wetter. Yes, that’s bad english, but you get the picture. With the BRV-XXL, Braven has created an outdoor speaker that can be easily carried because of its [...]

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Archt One_1

I’m an art director by trade, so I pay almost as much attention to the design of an item as how it performs. Maybe that’s why I’m an unapologetic Apple fan boy. I’m also obsessed with audio gear, so when a new speaker comes out and doesn’t look like anything else, I notice. Archt (pronounced [...]

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Raumfeld_9

My father was in the US Air Force, so I grew up as a service brat living around the globe. Many service families residing in Europe (I lived in England), from the 50s to the 70s bought German audio products because they were beautiful, affordable and well built. Ours was a Telefunkin stereo with removable [...]

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Paww_Soundbar10_1

Although I’ve had my issues with portable Bluetooth speakers, I’ve grown to appreciate the convenience of having one around. It’s gotten to the point that I almost always have one playing either in the kitchen, bathroom or outdoors cooking. They’ve become indispensable to my daily life. And even though their audio quality can’t measure up to [...]

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Edifier_Rave_MP700_3

The Gadgeteer has reported and reviewed some of Edifier’s speakers and come away impressed—as much as by their design as their sound. One look at the Luna Eclipse or Spinnaker speakers tells you all you need to know. Now Edifier has taken a step back—and forward—by releasing the retro-inspired RAVE MP700 portable Bluetooth speaker. This [...]

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SecuPower_5 Port USB Hub_6

It's come to this. In today's ever-increasing reliance on powered smartphones, tablets, Bluetooth speakers and any other gadget we're addicted to, they have one thing in common: they all require charging. If you have a family, charging can become a hassle when outlets around the house get clogged with charging plugs. It's similar to not [...]

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RHA_S500i_1

To say that something is cheap without being cheap can mean either it's expensive but not well made or it's not expensive yet well made. The RHA S500i in-ear headphone fits into the latter category. I've been using these earphones for a couple of months and still marvel how Scottish audio company Reid Heath Acoustics, Ltd. [...]

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Blue Lola headphone review

Blue_Lola_2

Bu-bump ... Bu-bump ... Bu-bump ... The album opened with a heartbeat—a speaker tester of a heartbeat. If I cranked the volume high enough, all kinds of distortion could happen. But it didn't. What I heard was the recorded heart thumping away along with faint analog tape hiss in the background just before those famous sound [...]

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Bloc_Roc_5

Earphones and headphones are conceived and designed in many countries such as the US, UK, Japan, Australia and China. However, with the exception of some high-end models, most are sourced and manufactured in China to help keep costs down. But what if you wanted to design and build headphones in your own country and still [...]

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Bowers_Wilkins_Zeppelin_1

Back in 2011, I reviewed the then new Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air Speaker/Dock. It was—and still is—an incredible speaker that blows away most wireless speakers. After the review, my wife “helped herself” to it, so it now sits on top of her piano facing the kitchen where she can use Apple Airplay to stream [...]

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Tibo_Plus 3_12

I know I’ve said this before, but one of my favorite things about reviewing products is being pleasantly surprised because a product performs better than I expected. It also makes it harder to review, because it is much easier to explain why you don’t like something than it is explaining why you do like it. [...]

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Creative Roar 2_9

One of my all-time favorite and best sounding portable speakers is the Creative Sound Blaster Roar. Its combination of powerful audio, Bluetooth and unbelievably low price make the Roar a rarity in portable audio. Yet, as good as the Roar is, Creative saw ways to improve upon its already impressive features and created the Sound [...]

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Fluance Fi70

Whether the new Fluance Fi70 Bluetooth speaker is the best sounding Bluetooth speaker as Fluance claims remains to be seen. Only a review can determine that, but the Fi70 may qualify as the largest Bluetooth speaker yet. This 81 lb. monster will certainly fill a large room with high quality audio. At the core of [...]

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Phiaton_Bluetooth_Earphones_10

I’ve always liked Phiaton’s earphones and headphones, Their MS 100 BA balanced armature earphones are one of the best bargains available. The Chord MS 530 headphones are a comfortable pair of Bluetooth/Noise canceling headphones that look as good as they sound. Phiaton has adapted the noise canceling tech for their BT 100 NC earphones. Bluetooth [...]

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Mass Fidelity_Core_2

When I reviewed the Mass Fidelity Relay Bluetooth digital audio converter, I was struck how well made and solid the DAC is, as well as how it makes life easier dealing with my older stereo equipment. However, the Relay is a niche product that will not be useful to everyone. Not so with the new [...]

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HEOS_One_2

When it comes to multiroom music systems, Sonos is the king. However, being the king makes you a target and Denon has Sonos in its sights . Denon’s ammunition is HEOS (Home Entertainment Operating System). This system ranges from the small HEOS 1 speaker to full-blown wireless home theater systems. The HEOS 1 is the [...]

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Maqe_SoundJump_1

Here’s a scenario: You’re out in the middle of nowhere listening to your portable Bluetooth speaker when the battery dies—and you don’t have access to an outlet to recharge it. Well, if you have the Maqe SOUNDJUMP speaker, no problem. The SOUNDJUMP is unique because it has a replaceable battery pack allowing the battery to [...]

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Bragi_Dash_2

At the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, German company BRAGI released the Dash, the world's first smart wireless headphones. The Dash is a combination of design, audio, wearable tech, biometrics and telephone functionality, all in one product. It’s truly wireless. The Dash has 3 features in one earphone. In addition to streaming via Bluetooth 4.0, there [...]

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Bowers_Wilkins_P5_Wireless_8

It's hard to write anything new about the Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless headphone because so much of what needs to be said has already been said—twice! My review of the P5 Wireless is based on the P5 Series 2 which in turn was largely based on my impressions of the original P5. Sure, the P5 [...]

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Mass_Fidelity_Relay_3.

Let’s talk Bluetooth—again. Bluetooth began as a convenient, but spotty and bad-sounding way to listen to music without wires. Today, Bluetooth has improved dramatically in sound quality and signal strength—although it can still occasionally have annoying drop-outs. It’s almost gotten to the point that wireless—whether it’s Apple’s Airplay, wifi, or the ubiquitous Bluetooth is becoming [...]

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Fluance_Signature_Series_1

The Gadgeteer has reviewed a few speakers from Fluance and come away impressed. Fluance make everything from Bluetooth to home theater to home tower speakers. Fluance’s newest offering is also their new flagship model: The Signature Series. Fluance has taken engineering, craftsmanship and premium components from its other high performance speakers, such as their XL7F speakers, [...]

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Audiofly AF240_1

Since reviewing their excellent AF78 earphones, I wondered if Australia’s Audiofly would move into the headphone market. I didn’t have to wonder long because they've just released the new AF240 over-the-ear headphone—a first for them. The minimalist-looking AF240 is made from a combination of polycarbonate ear cups and metal alloy arms which allows them to [...]

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